This commencement ceremony serves students who have completed academic requirements by the August or December graduation cycles. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office. Here, you’ll find all the information you’ll need to prepare for your commencement ceremony. Share this link with your family and loved ones who may have questions about where to go and what time the festivities begin.
If you are planning on graduating in December, you must submit the Graduation Application by the deadline of September 30.
Any one planning on participating in the December Commencement Ceremony must order your regalia by the deadline of November 3.
Watch the live broadcast of the ceremony on this date.
Your day will begin with an Alumni Induction Breakfast and Awards Ceremony in the Olewine Dining Commons. During this time, graduates will receive their honors and certain awards will be given to chosen graduates. Immediately following breakfast, the graduates will go to the chapel for practice. This breakfast is for graduates and their family members. There is no charge for this breakfast but registration is necessary.
President and Mrs. Teague will host a reception in the Olewine Dining Commons to personally congratulate graduates, parents, and spouses on this milestone occasion. Light refreshments will be served. The event is complimentary but reservations are requested. Click to submit your questions.
After fall break, graduates will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office (sent via the ticketing service Eventrbite) with their 6 ceremony tickets. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about your tickets. All guests must have a ticket regardless of age, except for infants in carriers that will not occupy a seat. Live streaming is provided on campus for guests without a ticket.
Your regalia may be picked up at the Solution Center in the Esbenshade Lobby in Lancaster, PA beginning the week before the ceremony. If you are not able to pick it up early, we will have it available for you at the rehearsal. There are usually ironing stations set up to use that day, but the lines to use them are long. Ideally, you can pick up your robe by the night before or sooner.
Rehearsal is at 10 a.m. and is required. Beyond preparing for the ceremony, this will be a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly.
Yes. The rehearsal is also a time for announcements and other activities that will make your entire day of celebration go smoothly.
The ceremony starts at 2 pm, but students need to report for line-up at 1 pm. The Processional will begin at 1:45 pm.
Women should wear a dress or a skirt and blouse, and men should wear a dress shirt and tie. It is a formal occasion, so no sandals or flip-flops.
Honors stoles will be given out at the Alumni Breakfast or the rehearsal, as applicable. The GPA range is: 3.50-3.74 for Cum Laude (red stole), 3.75-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude (white stole) or 3.90-4.00 for Summa Cum Laude (gold stole).
Only the rented robe needs to be returned after the ceremony. All other items given out during the day are yours to keep. When you pick up your packet of regalia, it should include your robe, your cap, a tassel with the graduation year, and where appropriate, the hood that marks your study area and degree level. Hoods are given for bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees.
If you owe a fine at the library, for parking, if you have an academic requirement still to meet, or if you have a financial obligation related to tuition or fees, a hold is placed on your account. Holds prevent your diploma and transcripts from being released. To find out about any holds or to otherwise address them, please contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254 or by email. The Solution Center is open from 8 am-5 pm Monday-Thursday, 8 am-4 pm on Friday.
If you have met all academic requirements and have no holds on your account, you will be able to pick up your diploma directly after the ceremony, as you turn in your robe. Otherwise, diplomas will be shipped to you at the address given in your Application for Graduation, once the holds are cleared.
The graduation cycles for all locations occur every December, Spring/May, and August.
WHERE – You would attend the ceremony that takes place at the hub for your studies. For example, if you were an Online Accelerated student, your “hub” is Lancaster, PA. If you are a graduate level student who lives in Philadelphia, you would actually attend the Lancaster, PA ceremony because the ceremony in Philadelphia is for undergraduate degrees. If you took all of your studies through the Washington DC location, you would attend the Washington DC ceremony. If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
WHEN – Typically, you would attend the ceremony that coincides with or follows your actual academic completion date, i.e. after your last academic requirements are met. In some cases, if completion is imminent, students may walk in the preceding ceremony and receive their diploma by mail once all is complete. Here is an outline:
If you have any questions about which ceremony location or date to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office.